London's Hampstead Theatre to Present Plays About Two Essential Public Services in U.K. | Playbill

News London's Hampstead Theatre to Present Plays About Two Essential Public Services in U.K. London's Hampstead Theatre is to present two plays about two essential public services in the U.K.: the world premiere of Roy Williams' Wildefire about the Metropolitan Police Force; and a return season for Nina Raine's Tiger Country, about the National Health Service that it previously premiered in 2011.

In a press statement, Edward Hall, artistic director of the theare, commented, "Hampstead is proud to present Wildefire and Tiger Country, two extraordinary and compelling stories that take a hard look at the people behind some of our most important national services and the risks they take to keep us safe and healthy. These are people, who, in the normal course of their day, strive to cope with the extreme pressures that working for the NHS or the Metropolitan Police can generate."

Wildefire will begin performances Nov. 6 prior to an official opening Nov. 12, for a run thorugh Nov. 29. Maria Aberg, who previously directed Belongings and The God's Weep at Hampstead, will direct the play, which revolves around Gail Wilde, "who is an average policewoman but one who lives up to her nickname Wildefire - and in the precarious world of modern policing, being wild or full of fire is hardly likely to be appropriate for the job in hand. Suspicions surrounding Gail's professional conduct reach fever pitch when a fellow officer is involved in a serious incident on the beat."

According to press materials, the play is a thriller that looks at the maelstrom of urban policing and the mental and physical impact it has on the people we rely on to keep the peace.  

Tiger Country will begin performances Dec. 8 prior to an official opening Dec. 15, for a run through Jan. 17, 2015. Written and directed by Nina Raine, who has also directed Longing at the theatre, it is described in press materials as an action-packed drama about an overburdened service that we all depend on and the dedicated individuals that keep it going.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7722 9301, or visit

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